#Girlcrush - Ashley Diana

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I am very excited about this #girlcrush interview because it is with my good friend Ashley Diana! Ashley has played such an important role in my personal life and business. I have learned so much from her, not only from her influencer course and amazing blog posts but also from long talks at happy hour and from running events about entrepreneurship and social media with her!

After reading this interview, I know you'll love her as much as I do! 

Tell us about yourself and your blog!

I am a wellness, beauty blogger, and business mentor located in Las Vegas. My blog shares stories, recipes, & lifestyle hacks on how to live a happier and more successful life. I help other women who want to build a brand around their passion and teach how to skip the stumbling blocks. Empowering women is my mantra for sure. :)

What inspired you to start your own blog?

My blog has REALLY evolved since I first started. I actually started as a food blog as I shared my plant based heath journey. I wanted to share with others how they could heal their body and be fit for life with a healthy diet, and to be honest, I wanted a blog so that I could have a business from anywhere in the world. Location freedom & financial freedom were super important to me, and I knew I could make it happen through my blog.

How would you describe your blogging style?

I’m pretty damn real. I’ve shared everything from my divorce, to my surprise pregnancy, and my breakup with my child’s father shortly after her birth (with lot’s of beauty, recipes, and wellness in between). I think it’s crucial to share realness online because so many people get caught up in the “perfect lives” of social media stars, and it’s just not how it actually is! The truth is that everyone has a story, and everyone has fucked up parts of their story. Through my blog, I want women to know that they are supported, they are worthy, they are not alone, and they don’t need to think small!

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Can you tell us about your ideal reader?

Hip mom with a entrepreneurial mindset who loves taking care of her body, mind, and family. 

How do you structure your days?

Theming. We would get nothing accomplished if our days weren’t themed. Here is a breakdown of how we schedule our days. Basically I work 4 & 1/2 full days and the rest are family / self-care days. MON: Coaching Calls TUES: blog photos WED: relationship THURS: blog content FRI: Coaching Calls Sat: planning / self care SUN: family day

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Is blogging your profession or hobby?

Both! :) 

What has been your most successful blog post?

The Break Up Post. It’s very powerful and thought provoking, and it helped lots of women!

Describe your writing process from start to finish.

I actually have a really hard time getting started writing (and working in general lol!). I have to really get into my “zen” - candles, essential oils diffusing, buddha bar music playing. Alex makes fun of me bc he says I can’t work unless the environment is perfect, but whatever, I do what I want. 

Where and how do you work best?

I work best at home in my bed lol! I actually do have a huge office, but when I’m writing for a long period of time, I like to get snuggly in my bed!

What were the first few steps you took to get your blog up and running?

Oh Lordy, it took me YEARS to figure out what the heck to do. I messed up so much in the beginning. I would have no idea where to start bc it would be a novel! That’s actually why I created my Infinite Influence program - I wanted to give people a clear path to blog success and be sure they didn’t make the time consuming and expensive mistakes I did. 

In a nutshell, to get started I had a girlfriend help me create my first free Wordpress site, and she taught me how to put affiliate links in my blog posts. I also took a photography class so I could learn how to use my Canon camera. I had a professional photo shoot before launching my blog so that I had nice photos of myself on the site too. 

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your blog and attracting an audience?

Cross promotion and diversifying my following. For example, on our podcast we ask people to leave a comment on a certain Instagram post, or in our newsletter, we announce a giveaway but it leads to growth on another platform. It’s just guides people from one place to another, and I think that’s important.

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

My biggest challenge was that I completely changed directions and rebranded from a vegan food blog to a lifestyle blog and it wasn’t easy to say the least. I don’t recommend it haha. 

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How did you overcome these challenges?

Day to day it’s about the progress not perfection. I don’t get caught up in comparing myself to other influencers and bloggers. To be honest, I really don’t give AF, and comparing yourself only holds you back. I just do my thang and move forward. Best advice I could give anyone is to have laser focus and just do it.

How do you keep motivated through difficult times?

I REEEEALLY like champagne. 

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

Tha’ts a good question because I don’t think I fit in with a lot of other influencers. I think that’s good and bad! I’m not one of those “my life is perfect” influencers, I’m not a health-only blogger, and I’m not a foodie blogger anymore. It’s interesting because I share natural beauty and wellness advice, yet I’m pretty glam, so people think I should be hippie style, but that’s just not me. I guess I would say what sets me apart is that I’m a pink haired, business boss with a #Lilygoat who comes from a place of massively supporting other women to live their passion.

What do you wish you knew when you started your blog?

Oh girlfriend, where do I even begin?! I think the thing I wish I had known the most, was to have found a successful mentor. Guidance is key - and not just from anyone. You need coaching and mentorship from someone who knows how to build brands and has been successful in modern online world. 

What blogging tools/resources could you not work without?

I can’t live without Darkroom editing app. That’s it.

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Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

My biggest influence is my daughter. I push myself because I want to give her an incredible life, and when she’s older I want to be able to have the flexibility to spend as much time with her as possible. Time is our most valuable asset, and I work hard now in order to to buy back my time. 

What advice would you give to other bloggers?

Don’t play a guessing game, and don’t rely on Instagram alone to be everything for you. Take Infinite Influence (shameless plug lol), have a badass mentor (Katie and/or myself hehe), and start building your online presence as a business. Find ways to authentically monetize immediately, and ALWAYS provide MASSIVE value. People will never care about you or what you do if you aren’t providing them value. If someone takes the time to visit your Instagram or blog, make it worth their time!!!

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it. 

Think about that, and let that sink in. :) Some of you will “get it.” That’s the most valuable business advice I’ve ever been given. 

For tactical advice: DIVERSIFY your following. Build your email list form DAY ONE.

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Where would you like your blog to be 1 year from now?

Who cares, I’ll be on a 1000 ft yacht in the Mediterranean with no Wifi. LOL LOL

Where can we find you?

Instagram: @missashleydiana

Facebook: @missasheydiana

Facebook Group: Infinite Infuence

Pinterest: @missashleydiana

Websitewww.ashleydiana.com

Emailashley@ashleydiana.com

#Girlcrush - Danielle Cevallos

 
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Tell us about yourself and your business!

My name is Danielle and I am the owner of Basic Girl Fit and Basic Girl Social Media!

What inspired you to start your own business?

I started a blog when we adopted our daughters and loved connecting with others online. I kind of ended up going down the rabbit hole of podcasts, webinars and online business trainings. I’ve played around for years with different things and feel like I’ve finally settled in and found my groove!

Is this your full time job?

No, not yet! I am a full-time English teacher and cheer leading coach!

How do you structure your days?

I work all day, coach in the afternoons, then head home, eat with the family and work for a few hours before bed. I do lots of work on the weekends as well!

Where and how do you work best?

I work best at home, in the middle of everything. I put my headphones in, listen to some music, drink all the coffee and try to get stuff done! 

Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?

They can use the code GIRLCRUSH for 15% off of their first order at basicgirlfit.com and get $100 off my Launch Package at basicgirlsocialmedia.com (perfect for coaches or shop owners getting ready to launch a program or product)

Where is your business based?

Right outside of Nashville, TN

What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?

I worked with someone to set up my online store, and then set up the website for my social media biz myself. I did some market research for both, threw some teasers out into a few FB groups to see if there would be any interest in what I was thinking, then dove right in. 

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What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and attracting new customers?

Since both of my businesses are so new, I am still growing everything. For my online shop, I’ve used Pinterest, IG and Google Ad Words. For my social media biz, I have really only used Instagram and networking in Facebook groups! Both of my businesses are less than 3 months old though, so I am still figuring this part out!!

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

Learning about running product based business - after doing service based businesses for so long was a challenge. Also, building EVERYTHING from scratch and changing gears was also a bit of a challenge! I am sure there will be more ahead, but I am still pretty new to these two ventures, so we shall see!

How did you overcome these challenges?

Research and hustle. I just kept learning, trying things, adjusting and working! I don’t think there is any type of magical way to move past challenges. You just need to problem solve, adjust and keep going!

How do you keep motivated through tough times?

My fitness apparel shop has a charitable focus: scholarships for young girls wanting to start a business. I am thinking a portion of my social media earnings will go towards the same. Having that as my “why” is critical to keeping me focused and hustling. 

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How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

I am still working on ways to do this well - but I think that for my social media biz, I am all about building relationships instead of just growing a following. I am also focusing on helping people with their launches - which is a slightly different niche than most social media managers. 

What is the best advice you have received recently?

Be patient, keep providing value and slowly you will see things take off. 

What do you wish you had known when you started your business?

I am still just starting…so ask me again in year :) 

Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

Gary Vaynerchuk puts out such amazing content - so he has been a huge influence on how I’ve done business. I also admire Jasmine Star and Jenna Kutcher and the way they’ve build community around their businesses. 

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

Build relationships. Stop chasing dollars. Play the long game and be patient. Give more than you take and surround yourself with awesome people. 

What business tools/resources could you not work without?

PLANN, PayPal (I know - I’m boring, but seriously), Tailwind and Shopify. 

Where would you like your business to be 5 years from now?

I would love be running these businesses full-time 5 years from now, and able to travel with my husband! I would love for them to generate enough income to provide 5 scholarships a year for young women wanting to start their own business.

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Where can we find you?

        Instagram: @shopbasicgirlfit, @basicgirlsocial

        Twitter: @basicgirlfit

        Facebook: Basic Girl Social Media

        Pinterest: @shopbasicgirlfit

        Website: www.basicgirlsocialmedia.com  www.basicgirlfit.com

        Email: basicgirlsocial@gmail.com

 

#Girlcrush - Chevonne Thomas

 
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Tell us about yourself and your blog!

My name is Chevonne and I am new to the blogging world. I am currently experimenting with building my followers on instagram with the hopes of starting up an actual website. I am a planner and I have mixed followers that I would like to cater to. My esthetic of my page is clean, planning and lifestyle photos. 

What inspired you to start your own blog?

Wanting to share my love of planning 

How would you describe your blogging style?

Organizational tips for a more organized life

Can you tell us about your ideal reader?

Planners, bloggers, fashion and home décor lovers

How do you structure your days?

Morning photo of what’s on my desk, occasionally an outfit pic and office décor

Is blogging your profession or hobby?

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Hobby

What has been your most successful blog post?

Outfit and office 

Describe your writing process from start to finish.

Not much writing as I am just starting out

Where and how do you work best?

In my home office

What were the first few steps you took to get your blog up and running?

I have a name in mind and currently researching domains

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your blog and attracting an audience?

Engagement on other posts 

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

Getting exposure

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How did you overcome these challenges?

Interacting with followers and following bloggers with a good fan base

How do you keep motivated through difficult times?

Look at my photos on my page and read comments 

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

People love what I post, my pictures are pretty good and I think if I get a little more exposure I will get more followers

What do you wish you knew when you started your blog?

Working on my writing process

What blogging tools/resources could you not work without?

My laptop

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Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

Misstrenchcoat, Belinda Selene

What advice would you give to other bloggers?

Hang in there ☺

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

People are very particular when it comes to liking and commenting on your photos. 

Where would you like your blog to be 1 year from now?

In the first year I would like 100 subscribers

Where can we find you?

Instagram: @glamchevyplans

Facebook @ChevonneThomas

Website: Coming Soon

Email: awellplannedlife1@gmail.com

 

#Girlcrush - Lauren Romero

 
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Tell us about yourself and your business! 

I’m Lauren Romero, 25, business owner, as some would call, the “Social Media Doctor”. I am from San Diego, CA, and currently live in Scottsdale, AZ with my 1-year-old Yorkie, Molly! I started my social media consulting and management business last year, 2017. My clients mainly consist of Real Estate Agents and people in that industry. It all started because I was working as a Marketing Manager at a mortgage company and EVERYONE kept asking to pay me to manage their pages. So now I do that and teach classes on Social Media all over Arizona and now the United States. 

What inspired you to start your own business?

I always wanted to eventually have my own company so I finally thought what’s the point of waiting until I’m older to have my own business when I can do it right now! So, I did! Everyone in my family has owned their own business at one point or another. 

Is this your full-time job? 

I work from home as the Social Media Director for American Title Service Agency in Scottsdale, Arizona. I do this as well. Social Media management is really full time in itself so I am always working on all clients 24-7. 

How do you structure your days?

I use my content planner to organize my postings and schedule. I normally wake up at around 6 am, go for a walk with my dog, eat breakfast and start my day. I normally post my first Instagram picture around 9 am and second at 8 pm, somewhere in between, I’ll teach a class or two, have a few meetings, take a break from about 4 pm – 6 pm and then start up again with a glass of wine. That’s when I do all my creative work.  

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Where and how do you work best?

I work from home so I can really work anywhere, it’s nice being able to travel often and work from the beach, that’s probably my favorite. I work best with a glass of wine when I want to be creative and in pure silence. Not even music! 

Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about? 

My latest contest; I’m giving away to 2 winners 6 custom photos for Instagram story highlight covers. Must be following me @LaurenTayRomero on Instagram and tag 2 friends in my last post with the comment “done”. Winner will be announced on my IG story in April. 

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Where is your business based?

Arizona / California 

What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?  

My very first client forcing me get my LLC so he could officially pay me! After that, I was good to go and all of my clients were happy they could actually start working with me. I had at least 10 people waiting for me to get my LLC done. 

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and attracting new customers? 

Posting consistently. I have a big following on Instagram and Facebook and in my Real Estate industry in Arizona and it all really happened in about 2 years, a lot of people know who I am because I’m all over Social Media. I always tell my clients consistency is key and it really is, it works for me, I don’t even run any ADs yet.   

What have been your biggest challenges so far? 

Learning how to say NO to people ☺ 

How did you overcome these challenges? 

By doing some soul searching and learning to stand up for myself. 

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How do you keep motivated through tough times?

I keep motivated by always staying positive, I never let myself get down on anything because there will always be adversity.   

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

I believe in myself and my abilities, I don’t ever worry about my competitors. Rather than focusing on others, I’d rather concentrate my time into perfecting my craft. 

What is the best advice you have received recently?

Life is short, follow your dreams, and put them into action. 

What do you wish you had known when you started your business?

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started and set up, there’s a lot of inexpensive or even free resources and DO MORE LIVE VIDEOS! 

Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

My nana and papa, when they first met each other years and years ago, they had a common goal to make a million dollars by a certain age and they did it.  They started and ran a huge company and sold it eventually and retired young. Now they travel the world and couldn’t be more in love and happy. I admire their hard work, dedication, and persistence. They push me to be the best I can be! 

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What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

Don’t give up and youtube everything, if there’s something you don't know how to do, teach yourself, youtube it, I promise you’ll find your answer. 

What business tools/resources could you not work without?

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iPhone apps: Over, Concept Office, VSCO cam, Canva 

Stock image sites: Hautestock, Social Curator, Creative Market

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

I can do anything I set my mind to, I’m actually a pretty good teacher and I HATE public speaking, practice makes perfect. 

Where would you like your business to be 5 years from now?

I would like to have other people working for me, and traveling the world speaking at conferences and training small businesses, or individuals on branding, marketing strategy, and content building. 

Where can we find you?

        Instagram: @LaurenTayRomero

        Twitter: @LaurenTayRomero

        Facebook: @LaurenTayRomero

        Facebook Group: AZ’s Social Media Real Estate Rockstars

        Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/laurenromerosocialmedia/

        Website: www.laurenromerosocialmedia.com

        Email: laurenromero.socialmedia@gmail.com

 

 

#Girlcrush - Kiana Johnson

 
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Tell us about yourself and your business

Hi babes! I’m a traveling business owner and mommy of two. I’m a Life & Business Coach with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Coaching, Mentoring, and Leadership! I enjoy helping other business owners from the initial launch and beyond. I work with my clients on their personal lives (confidence, mindset, goals, etc) along with their ultimate lifestyle and business goals. I provide social media training, website creation, and marketing all in one!

Along with my coaching services, I’m also a Brand Ambassador and Health/Wellness Coach. I offer a variety of products related to weight loss, skin and hair care, and essential oils. My wellness business actually started long before my coaching business and I’m equally as passionate about both. 

My goal is to help my clients become the best version of themselves on the inside and out!

What inspired you to start your own business?

My time is my biggest inspiration and motivation! I have worked two jobs at a time since I was a teen and once I had children I realized that time with them is priceless. Time in general is priceless. Wasted time is worse than wasted money! I love to travel and that wasn’t possible with one or two 9-5 jobs where I already felt unfulfilled. 

I knew that the only way for me to own and control my own time was to hire myself. That was three years ago and I’ve never looked back! 

Is this your full time job?

Yes! I have worked from home since December 2014 and my businesses support my family full time! We travel frequently and I love being able to take my business on the road with me and help as many people as possible!

How do you structure your day?

This is a really funny question! I teach my clients to prioritize rather than structure/organize. So that’s what I do! I set daily goals and as long as I achieve them before I go to bed then I’m accomplished! I know my fellow moms and biz babes can definitely relate! Sometimes when we structure every section of our day it leads to disappointment. Which, in turn, leads to a sense of failure. So I decide to give myself grace! My day looks like prayer and journaling, spending time with my kids, 1-2 power hours where I focus solely on my businesses (emails, social media, etc), and time for work with my clients. I’m a firm believer in if it’s not important it shouldn’t take up much of your time! So I focus on the above: prayer, family, business, and clients. Super simple and very fulfilling! 

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Where and how do you work best?

I’m extremely passionate about what I do so I can really work when and wherever I want. With the intense traveling that I do, I’ve learned to work anywhere. The car, airport, bed, hotel, park, etc. Of course I have a home office, but I like to be out and about when creating content for sure! Sometimes inspiration hits you in the school pickup line and you have to pull out the voice record feature to get your thoughts out! Yes I do this regularly LOL

Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?

I have a March promo on all services! The discount code is automatically applied when you go directly through my website. My coaching sessions, web design, and social media training are all very affordable because I want to make sure that new business owners can afford to start their businesses with ease and confidence. When I started out I couldn’t find web design under $500-$1000. I couldn’t find social media training at all. And my favorite coaches charge around $5000 for their services. I love that I’m able to offer these services to clients at any level in their career!

Where is your business based?

I live in TN but I travel across the country! Just in the last 2 weeks I have been to TX, Vegas, and Denver! 

What were the  first few steps you took to get your business up and running?

I just jumped right in! December 10th 2014 I started my health and wellness business and I honestly had no clue what I was doing. I built a strong team fairly quickly and everything took off from there! 

In terms of coaching I feel that your credibility is everything. I started my Masters program in January 2017 to give me the credibility that I need to really be qualified to help my clients. Going back even further, my Bachelors degree in Psychology and counseling has also given me a great deal of tools needed to run successful businesses and help my clients on a personal level!

Aside from the background and certifications, the first thing that I did was social media marketing. We’re living in a virtual world and social networks run it! So I got my following up + created my website. Your social presence is everything these days. 

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and attracting new customers?

The most effective way of attracting customers is attraction marketing. It’s really about being confident, showing up, being coachable, and appealing to your target audience. They say if your mouth is closed so is your business. So showing up everyday and studying your target audience to better appeal to them is one of the most effective techniques that I’ve learned thus far!

What have been your biggest challenges so far and how did you overcome them?

My biggest challenge so far was learning email automation! I know it sounds crazy but learning this was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life!! The platform that I use had recently made some changes therefore all of the trainings were outdated. I had to teach myself. There were obviously long nights and times where I would just shut my laptop and curse. But I eventually figured it out and it’s one of my favorite tools to use and teach!

On a more personal level, restructuring my tribe has been a very difficult task. When you’re running a business you have to surround yourself with other high vibe and supportive people. I had to cut out the negativity and the people who don’t dream big. This meant losing friends and old business partners who had been in my life for 5-8 years! So yes, it’s hard. But I understand that it’s for the better. Some people are put into your life as a lesson and I accept that!

How do you keep motivated through tough times?

Motivation comes easy to me because of the mindset work that I have put in. I work very hard to keep my mind free and clear so when I am faced with an obstacle I can listen to what the universe is trying to tell me and act accordingly. I always take inspired action and never worry about HOW things will happen. I fully trust that everything happens for a reason and I have faith that everything works out for my greater good. My family and my ultimate dream lifestyle also keep me going during extremely rough times!

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors’

I like to say that all business women compliment each other, we don’t compete. We are all unique in our own way and I don’t focus on competing with anyone. Instead, I focus on what I can learn from them and how I can bless them as well. This alone probably distinguishes me from others, but we are ALL unique in our own personalities and businesses. 

What is the best advice you have received recently?

The best advice that I’ve received is from Kathrin Zenkina (who I will discuss a little more about later). She said “the Universe will never drop you on your ass”. This was so powerful!! No matter what, you’ll never be left high and dry. The only way that you fail is if you quit so every unfavorable event is a lesson learned. Kathrin also said “your version of rock bottom is to show you where you never want to be again”. Again, a very powerful statement! We hit rock bottom and take it as a sign that we aren’t doing what we should be doing when, in reality, it’s a reminder to never become complacent or else you’ll end up in that situation again!

What do you wish you had known when you started your business?

I wish I had known email automation! Lol But no seriously, I wish I had known more coaches with a similar niche so that I could build with them. I’m playing catch up now and learning from the more seasoned coaches. I love watching them and what they have to offer!

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What are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

Kathrin Zenkina, who I mentioned earlier, has been a huge influence! She’s a money mindset coach and she’s absolutely amazing. She helped me completely change my mindset around business and my goals. She inspired me to just jump in and launch my business- ready or not! She taught me that money and opportunities are limitless and you have to go after the lifestyle that you want. 

My biggest influence is my children. They look up to me and I want to show them a different lifestyle than the norm. I want to show them fun, travel, abundance, and freedom rather than stress and limitations. I’m leaving a legacy for them and it’d better be a damn good one! 

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

I have 3 pieces of advice that I would give any entrepreneur:

  1. Just do it! Launch it, send it, record it, create it, do it! Whatever your gut is telling you to do just go for it. 
  2. Be confident and show up! Never go a day without showing up for your business. No matter if it’s social media, an email, a video, checking in with a client, or just jotting down some content. Do something for your business every single day no matter how you feel. 
  3. Last one- work on yourself! If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Five minutes daily of a book, video, or podcast; or journaling, talking with your coach, or praying will go a long way! You can never do enough work on yourself. 

What business tools/resources could you not work without?

I couldn’t go without the women’s groups that I’m in! I love being able to mass absorb everyone’s positivity and success! I can always pop in a group and see a beautiful boss babe sharing some exciting news and it just lights a fire under me. I also love being able to ask for advice in the groups that I’m affiliated with. 

I would probably die without automation as well. Whether it’s emails, pre planning posts/blogs, reminders, etc. I love the apps and sites that offer these services and it would be very difficult to a run a business in 2018 without some of these! 

Lastly, personal development is my biggest business tool! Prayer and pouring into myself is the ONLY way that I have become successful and it’s the only way to grow into the next level. 

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What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

A very surprising lesson I’ve learned is that I’m in control of my life’s outcome. Many of you grew up the same way that I did hearing things like “life isn’t fair”. I’ve always felt that I wasn’t in control and I should just do the best that I can when in reality I AM in control! Life happens FOR me and not TO me. I’m not a victim. I have the same 24 hours in a day as Beyonce’ and I can achieve my ultimate reality if I choose!

Where would you like your business to be 5 years from now?

My business will only grow as far as my mindset, and you’re only as successful as the people you help! So I plan to travel as much as physically possible in order to reach and help as many people as I possibly can. Expansion is my goal! 

Where can we find you?

Instagram

Facebook

www.mskianajohnson.com
(blog, shop, and booking calendar are here)

www.wrapswithkiana.itworks.com

Email

 

 

#Girlcrush - Chante Joanne

 
 
 
Chante Joanne Roses n Rose

Tell us about yourself and your business!

About myself, well...I am 25 years old,I live in San Diego with my boyfriend who is my favorite person ever, I am the owner of Roses N Rosé (woot woot) and I love exploring!

What inspired you to start your own business?

I feel like I inspired myself to start my own business. That sounds silly but I have just always known exactly what I want. I never really wanted to work for anyone, I didn't like the idea of limitations or a cap on income but I knew I would have to work for people throughout my life to learn, gain experience and figure myself out but I always knew since I was a kid that I would own my own business, I just was never sure what it would be. I was always making my own stuff, even as a kid my best friend and I would mix together lotions and nail polishes to make our own, so I guess that's kind of where it started.

As I got older in High School I started researching what natural oils are good for your skin and what they do and if I mix this with that, what would happen, etc! So last year I was like...wait, I know how to make stuff, why don't I just package it and sell it? So I ordered some packaging, designed a label and sent it off to my friend who is a graphic designer and she helped me piece it all together and I launched two weeks later!

Is this your full time job?

This is actually not my full time job! So since launching my business was SO spontaneous, I  was already working for a yacht company in San Diego. Every day that I came in, in my spare time I would just work on my website, or respond to emails or reach out to retailers, etc. Just about 3 months ago, my boss (who is the most supportive human ever) let me go part time to focus on my business. So I still work there 3 days a week, if you want to come buy a yacht let me know ;)  

How do you structure your days?

I try to still give myself a weekend, so I give myself Sunday and Monday's off to spend time with my boyfriend, family, do stuff around the house, whatever.

Tuesdays, as soon as he leaves for work is when my day starts. I have my coffee and head into my work room to see what needs to be done, I usually end up blasting music (spice girls to be specific), sending orders out and making product.

Wednesdays I try to spend creating content or planning out my social media posts before going back into the office on Thursdays which I use as my days to respond to emails and work on the site and everything! 

Where and how do you work best?

Omg, so for some reason I have the HARDEST time focusing on just one thing. I always have to have music on, a tv show playing or have a friend come over and help me. It's the weirdest thing, I just need some sort of background noise to get me pre-occupied I guess? Especially working from home is so difficult, I am always finding other things to do around the house, I have to literally lock myself in my work room and try to focus.

Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?

I am not running anything at the moment, we just ended a big giveaway, BUUUUUT, I do try to do giveaways once a week, so you definitely want to stay tuned for that!

Where is your business based?

We are based out of San Diego California baby!

What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?

I wish I had a better answer for this one, but I honestly feel like I sort of just did everything at once. I think I first started with finding a distributor for my packaging, getting my label designed and starting to create content and build that social media up!

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and attracting new customers?

Oh I LOVE working with influencers, bloggers and doing giveaways with other brands. At the beginning I teamed up with brands that have decent-large followings for giveaways so their followers were seeing my product as well. 

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

My biggest challenge so far I would say is learning to say no. When I first launched I was saying yes to so many things and bloggers who reached out that it became overwhelming on my end and I wasn't getting the feedback/content I was looking for. 

How did you overcome these challenges?

Now that I have been able to realize how I want my brand to look and the audience I want to target, it has been so much easier to filter through and say yes to what I know will be worth it. 

How do you keep motivated through tough times?

I love this question because I feel like so many people struggle with this and for me it doesn't seem like my biggest struggle. I feel like it almost comes natural to me. My idea of motivation, is just my vision. I know EXACTLY what I want. Not even in terms of materialistic items, but just the life I want to live. I want a nice house, I want to decorate however the F I want and I want to travel, I want to see things and eat all the food in the world. 

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

You know...everyone is different and unique in their own way. There's room to go around. I am not the first person to come out with body scrubs, let alone a coffee one you know?? I always ask people, do you wear the same brand of jeans every day or the same brand of shoes? Probably not..because you have a preference right? You may prefer Nike's for whatever reason and something else for an entirely different reason! That's how I look at things.

What do you wish you had known when you started your business?

Honestly...I don't think there is anything I wish I would have known, if I knew everything I didn't know before, I wouldn't have got this far. I appreciate the things I don't know cause that means there's room to learn and perfect.

Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

I love and admire so much Walt Disney, I feel like not many people actually know his story. He's AMAZING. Everyone should take the time to research how it all happened for him. Whenever I need an extra push or think things are going wrong, I always think of him and how he persevered through things so much harder than whatever I am going through at the time and how is name still lives it's fullest every day across the world!  

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

My advice to other entrepreneurs or anyone starting their business and I tell this to everyone, don't over think things and just go for it, there's nothing to loose. If you mess up, fix it. Learn, adapt and adjust! I feel like sooo many times people think of things that will go wrong or there's already someone doing that and to me that just means you don't care enough. Because if you think about something and it's not an automatic "EFF YEAH" response, then it's just not there. 

What business tools/resources could you not work without?

Instagram and social media, right?? We are all in on that one. It has been everything to my business and the only reason it is where it is today. I guarantee you if I did not have the power of social media, I would still have a full time job right now. 

Where can we find you?

@roses_n_rose for all my social media platforms!

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Website

Email

 

#Girlcrush - Tia Johnson

 
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Tell us about yourself and your business! 

I am from Philadelphia, Pa. I graduated from La Salle University with a degree in Business Administration. I am a spiritual lifestyle entrepreneur who is an international speaker, best selling author, podcaster, and blogger. I help women to own their spirituality and claim their power in life and in business so they can live an unapologetic phenomenal life they'll love. 

What inspired you to start your own business? 

The deaths of my grandparents triggered me to start my business. My grandmother died from cancer and my Pop-Pop died from a broken heart. I was distraught that I went on, what became to be, a two-year spiritual healing period. Afterwards, I started my business to help people to heal spirituality and to live their best life without apologies. I used to live for the accolades and not for myself. That changed when I began to look within and discovered what really makes me happy.

Is this your full time job?

Not yet!

How do you structure your days?

I work 10 hours a day at my full-time job so that I get a day off a week. So, I’m off from work Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. So, I work 10 hours a day, go to the gym, eat, and work on my business. Luckily, I’m a night owl and don’t require much sleep. I do must of my work at night. I’m more creative at night. I record my podcast episodes in batches on Fridays and Saturdays. On Sundays, I write most of my blog posts. I schedule clients, interviews, and telephone conferences in the evenings or Friday mornings.

Where and how do you work best?

I work best around midnight to around 4am. I work in my office or in the living room. Sometimes I blast music and other times I work in silence.

Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?

Freebie download called 7 Transformational Tips To Live An Unapologetic Phenomenal Life

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Where is your business based? 

Online and over the phone. However, I do speaking engagements so there are in-person events.

What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running? 

I registered my business name with the state by making it an LLC. I created a Facebook business page, and Instagram page, and a blog. I also told a few people about my business.

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and attracting new customers?

Professional consistency is what I like to call it. It’s where you provide amazing content and connect with people authentically consistency on multiple platforms. 

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

Time management. Sometimes I focus too much on one thing, which means I’m not focusing elsewhere and time passes by. And, by passes by I mean weeks go by not hours!

How did you overcome these challenges?

For the most part, yes I have overcome the time management challenge. I hired an amazing VA and an Instagram consultant to help keep me accountable. I also get to delegate a bunch of tasks which frees up my time!

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How do you keep motivated through tough times?

I surround myself with a certain caliber of people. I’m really strict about who I have in my inner circle. I simply cannot afford to have a Negative Nancy or a Doubting Debra on my team. My family and close friends (who are my extended family) keep me motivated. I also read or listen to the background stories of wildly successful people. If they can overcome very unfortunate situations, then I can overcome my thoughts of I’m not doing enough.

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

I don’t think about the competitors. Interestingly enough, someone asked me the other day what makes me unique. I said, “I help people to live their lives according to them for their highest good. To lead their life unapologetically whatever that is to them.” 

What is the best advice you have received recently?

Honor the space that you’re in.

What do you wish you had known when you started your business?

That it’ll take longer than I expected, it being various things. And, I don’t have to purchase every single attractive course because it’s by someone who is the go-to person or because the sales page is pretty. Do more research before buying that course. Understanding that a go-to person’s work may not resonate with me and that’s okay.

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Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

At the moment, my two biggest influences are Lauryn Evarts-Bosstick, creator of The Skinny Confidential and Kimra Luna, creator of Freedom Hacker and BeTrueBrandYou (BTBY). They are down-to-earth, real, and rock stars. They are consistently delivering amazing content that has resulted in me growing in life and in my business.

I equally admire Lauryn and Kimra!

My grandparents and all the women who I have talked to who want to live their best lives inspired me to do what I’m doing now.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

It’s crucial to surround yourself with go-getters. 

Keep your day job because you need to pay the bills, eat, have health insurance, and fund your business. 

Connect with entrepreneurs who are similar to you, no wantapreneurs.

Don’t compare yourself. Do what you can where you’re at.

Be resourceful.

Don’t be too hard on yourself.

Make time for play. Watching an hour of Game of Thrones isn’t going to damage your business.

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What business tools/resources could you not work without?

I recently talked about this on my podcast. Here’s what I swear by:

Trello-web-based project management application. I use this to connect with my VA. I upload all the material I batch, Instagram pictures, etc.

UberEats- The last thing I want to think about while I’m in my groove is what to cook. I rather delegate that task!

Bit.ly- shortens links

Facebook pages app- I used this for my business page and go live from my phone.

Last Pass- Upload websites you visit with the password and screen name. I use this so that my VA can go in and do things like upload my audio podcast episode to BlogTalkRadio. No one can see the sensitive information and they can’t change the password.

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

Many people put on a good front. For example, some people pretend to be an entrepreneur with clout. 

Where would you like your business to be 5 years from now?

Involving more international speaking engagements, having an online membership community, and more books published.

Where can we find you?

        Instagram: @Tia_Johnson_

        Facebook: @tiajohnsonspiritualmentor

        Facebook Group: Spiritual &Empowerment Living        

        Pinterest: @Tia_Johnson_

        Website: www.tiamariejohnson.com

        Email: tia@tiamariejohnson.com 

 

 

#Girlcrush - Erinn Foglesong

 
Lexington lettering

Tell us about yourself and your business!

My name is Erinn Foglesong.  I am a native of Louisville, KY, currently residing in the beautiful city of Lexington.  I am married with a 9 month old son, and a fur mom to two perfectly spoiled rescue dogs, Boomer and Minnie.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I started lettering as a way to save money for my wedding and addressing my own envelopes.  With practice, my skill developed and I started getting order requests, which ended up with me biting the bullet and starting my own business!

Is this your full time job? 

I worked full time as a health educator at a private college when I started my business.  However, now I stay at home with my son full time.  So HE is my full time job ;)

How do you structure your days?

I am what one could call a nap time creative.  When the babe naps, I create!

Where and how do you work best?

Unfortunately for my husband, I don’t have a set spot in my house, so my things are scattered everywhere ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  I have an office, but I guess I don’t like to be confined to one place ha!  It also depends on the lighting, especially for shooting lettering or watercolor process videos.  I need great natural light, and in the mornings the light is better in the front of the house, and the evenings in the back of the house.

Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?

Currently, no. HOWEVER, I run about 6 giveaways a year!  So keep your eyes peeled and ears open for my next giveaway!

Where is your business based?

My store is strictly online, but I create my pieces in home.

What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?

I contacted a couple of girl friends who had their own businesses, then contacted LegalZoom, who was SUPER helpful in getting me starting with setting up my LLC.  

What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and attracting new customers?

Social media and word of mouth, for sure!

What have been your biggest challenges so far?

Keeping up with the ever changing Instagram algorithm.  It is a pain in my side!  

How did you overcome these challenges?

Keep creating new and unique content.  Research my audience and find out what they like and what they don’t like.

How do you keep motivated through tough times?

Knowing that every business and business owner has their own struggles.  Having a great support system is crucial, too.  The lettering community is very “community over competition” which is HUGE.  We are very empowering and helpful toward each other, and have learned that people will get much further in their business by working together.  

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How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?

I don’t like to use the word competitor, because see above ha!  But maintaining my own style is super important.  However, my lettering style completely depends on my mood.  Sometimes I want super fancy script, and other times I want a font that is fun and light!

What is the best advice you have received recently?

It is actually a quote by James Keller: “a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

What do you wish you had known when you started your business?

How to start a business?? Lol I had no idea.  I went in completely blind and learned everything by trial and error!  I have found that learning by mistake is sometimes the best way to learn, though.

Who are your biggest influences? Who do you admire most? Who or what inspired you to do what you’re doing now?

Kiley Bennett is probably my biggest influence.  She is a fellow hand letterer and she is SUCH a positive role model in the community.  Always willing to share her lettering secrets.  She is also very REAL.  She doesn’t act like everything is all cupcakes and rainbows all of the time, which I love.  We all struggle with small business issues.  

I admire Amanda Pel Arneill, another handletterer.  Y’all.  I could watch her videos ALL day.  And her lettering is seriously like nothing I have ever seen.

My fellow girl bosses are who inspired me to do what I am doing now, particularly my sorority sister and friend, Lauren Fitzmaurice of Renmade Calligraphy.  She helped me get started and answered my 23471 questions I had regarding starting my own lettering biz.  Also, all of the creatives and makers in the industry inspire me daily.  There is SO much raw, beautiful talent and art out there and I am always looking for inspiration through them.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. 

What business tools/resources could you not work without?

My lettering tools!  Tombow Hard and Soft tip Fudenosuke pen, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Social Media handles, and my Mac.

What surprising lessons have you learned along the way?

Make sure you are paid for your services before you begin a project.  When I first started, I worked so hard on a project for a friend of a friend.  They ended up changing their mind.  I was pretty unhappy, but lesson learned!

Where would you like your business to be 5 years from now?

I would LOVE to be teaching more classes, sharing the craft of lettering and art.   I would like for my work to be displayed nationwide and easily recognized as mine.

Where can we find you?

        Instagram: @lexington_lettering

        Twitter: @lexletteringky

        Facebook: Lexington Lettering

        Pinterest: Lexington_Lettering

        Website: www.lexington-lettering.com

        Email: lexletteringky@gmail.com